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April 25, 2013

Birthday game becomes a present for Hall and her team

Cooperstown softball defeats Hamilton, 14-1

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“Becca’s the best pitcher we would face all year, but it is Hamilton. They are a softball power,” Bliss said. “Their second pitcher is probably the second-best pitcher we will face all year.” 

Hall also plays soccer and basketball, but said that softball is her best, and favorite, sport. She plays it year round, traveling with a select team called the TC Tremors. 

“We do tournaments in the summer and play games in the fall,” she said. “In the winter, we work out in the gym. The only season we really stop is spring when we play varsity.”

The schedule does require compromises. Hall dropped travel soccer and AAU basketball early in high school. Other aspects of her life are hard to keep up with. 

“I have given up most of my social life to play softball, and it is hard to keep up with my classes,” she said. “I am working really hard to stay ahead academically, because in the end, it is my grades that will get me into college, and not my softball.”   

Bliss said he thinks Hall could play softball for an NCAA Division I school.

“Division I would be nice, but the main thing is I want to be able to play right away,” Hall said. “I’d rather go to a little bit smaller school and play right away than go to a big school and sit on the bench for three years.”

College is still a year and a half away. In the meantime, Hall is in the middle of everything athletically for Cooperstown. And while her birthday game was exceptional, it wasn’t the exception. 

“I am enjoying the high school experience,” she said. “You only get it once. Sometimes it is hard being in high school but I am so lucky to experience it with my team around me.”

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